Enjoying Your Exchange

Experiencing a new culture

When you move to a new place, you're bound to face a lot of changes. At the start of your Erasmus placement the language might pose problems and it is frustrating when you cannot express yourself.

Please give yourself a few weeks to get adjusted to the new culture and language. This transition can be exciting and stimulating, but it can also be overwhelming.

These feelings will pass and below are some tips to make sure your Erasmus placement is the exciting adventure it should be!

Participate actively in your classes

Even though it may be very daunting at first make sure you participate actively in your classes, keep up with all homework/reading and regularly meet with tutors to discuss any problems that arise or questions you may have.

Make sure that you know to what extent your attendance will affect your final mark. If it is an important factor in that mark, make sure the lecturer knows who you are and that you are present.

Get involved in university life

Try to get involved with the social aspects of university life while you are on your Erasmus placement. Be friendly and try to make friends with non-Erasmus local students. They will be able to give you the best survival tips and you will probably develop life-long friendships!

Keep a blog

During your exchange, you are exploring the many aspects of cultural influence that your placement offers to you to broaden your research both in practical terms and in relation to critical and professional contexts. The journey of your exploration can be regularly recorded and reflected upon in written and visual formats on your blog site.

On some courses, keeping a blog is a requirement. If keeping a blog is a requirement, the blog will form part of the assessment evidence once you have finished the exchange, accompanied by a 500 to 700 word evaluation of your Erasmus Exchange. Talk to the designated academic for your course (eg. Course leader) about it (for instance, keeping a blog is a requirement in most of CCW courses and is recommended at LCF School of Management and Science and at CSM).

Your blog site address should be given to your tutor and course peers to provide contact and communication whilst on your exchange.

Check the Annex in the Handbook for outgoing students for more information on documenting your learning and experience using a blog and to look at UAL blogs archive.